“I continue to love what you’re doing. Great ideas.”
“The best lunch date of my life. We were there for two and a half hours, but could easily have stayed for five.”
Meetup.com does a great job of aggregating people with shared interests. But it doesn’t do much to ensure that you’re going to like the folks you meet as human beings.
“A get-together is only as good as the people who show up,” my mom used to say. She had an uncanny eye for exquisitely warm-hearted, unselfconscious, intellectually curious, sane folks – a constant presence at the house while my sister, Mia, and I were growing up. I call the lovely human beings our mom surrounded us with – and the organization I started to bring them together – Sugarmaples. It’s what I imagine Meetup.com would be like if they could hire my mom to handpick every member (I do my utmost to channel her).
You can get a feel for the tenor of Sugarmaples – the people and the get-togethers – through this little film about Meddle, the Sugarmaples mini-conference:
“If an eagle and a tiger had a human baby that was then raised by ninjas, it would be Ted.”
“Ted is extraordinary at what he does, and he’s a man of his word.”
“It was a wonderful time and a really great meal.”
“I had a very enjoyable lunch with Seth [Godin] yesterday — a smart and likable guy. There are degrees of kindredness (as well as of heresy). But we do seem to share a fair amount. Thanks for matching us.”
“It was such a great experience that I’m wracking my brain for other problems in my business that Ted could solve with a thoughtful connection.”
“I wanted to thank you again for the past weekend’s amazing fun and incredible opportunity to have an exchange of notions with Anil [Dash]. I feel even richer for the ideas & starting-places that have come out of the whole thing!”
“You know how it seems like everyone has a personal trainer, now? I believe Ted is the progenitor of a new kind of empathy-based collective problem solving that everyone will take for granted some day.”
“Sugarmaples is a collection of passionate, ambitious, big-hearted visionaries, and Ted is the Master Cultivator.”
“I have to say, you are very good at what you do. The timing was perfect and with one introduction you’ve enabled a ton of fruitful connections (which in the long run, might actually help save lives) in the span of a few days.”
Frequently asked questions.
Sugarmaples is 'invite-only'?
Yes. But we have frequent ‘open-house’ events for potential invitees. To attend one of these, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Who hosts Sugarmaples get-togethers?
Both we and our members.
Where did the name 'Sugarmaples' come from?
It reminds me of my mom’s annual over-the-top Thanksgiving celebrations in the sugar maple leaf-blanketed New Jersey suburbs.
Can I suggest someone who'd get a kick out of being a part of this?
Absolutely. I’d love that. Email me at email@example.com.
Who did the trees illustration?
Who made the video?
Who did the stop-motion animation for the video?
Who did the music for the video?
Who designed the Meddle logo?
My name is Ted Pearlman. I’m married to Allison, an architect. We have a ridiculous second-grader, Oscar, and an enormous Newfoundland, Tatou, who’s famous on the Internet. I’m a Cornell alum and tech industry (Sony / IBM / Roguewave / CQG) refugee. My other passion project is Fall: In Love with Music, a new kind of venue I’m developing for Denver.